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Mississippi's Craig Orgeron to retire

Mississippi Chief Information Officer Craig Orgeron said Wednesday he plans to retire from public service next month, after 23 years with the state government. Orgeron, who will formally step down Aug. 7, is one of the nation’s longest serving statewide CIOs, having been appointed to the role in 2011. “What I’ve learned and what helped me make the decision is that everybody eventually leaves," he said. "And it’s very difficult to say when the time is right.” Colin Wood reports.

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Seven things the bots are doing

In a virtual roundtable conversation hosted by Scoop News Group last month, local government technology leaders from around the New York metropolitan area region shared their hopes and expectations for artificial intelligence, lending insight into how the technology is being received inside government. Most expressed interest in the emerging technology, which is already seeing its first implementations at government agencies, but many also hedged their interest with a realization that the technology’s capabilities remain limited. Here are seven things they said. Read the full list.

Digital playbooks offer governments pandemic relief strategies

To help resource-scarce and not-so-digital governments build out their contact-tracing and economic recovery efforts during the COVID-19 crisis, BrightHive, a data management company that works with state and local governments, released a pair of “playbooks” Tuesday that offer tips and best practices for a digital-first pandemic response. One playbook offers state and local agencies and third-party organizations an outline for how to responsibly share COVID-19 data while developing contact-tracing programs. The other focuses preparing a state or city's workforce for a post-pandemic future. Ryan Johnston has details.

Is Congress going to help state IT or not?

State and local governments have been sounding alarms for months that the COVID-19 pandemic is draining their budgets and forcing them to cut services and jobs. Now, with the Senate finally deliberating on another relief package, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers is reminding lawmakers that IT and cybersecurity funding is sorely needed, especially as the increased reliance on digital government services continues. But right now, it appears Senate Republicans aren't inclined to offer any additional money to state and local governments. Benjamin Freed has more.

‘Build a coalition’ for election security, says New Jersey’s CISO

The need for actionable intelligence requires broad collaboration on election security, New Jersey Chief Information Security Officer Michael Geraghty said during a recent online conference. Watch the video interview.

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